We live out our lives making decisions. Many are like ‘forks’ in the road. They are made and they shunt us in another direction. Some are dramatic, we see very quickly that the road is going to take us in a radically different path.
Sometimes, if we’re honest, we will admit to backtracking, retracing our route back to the point we turned. A lot of time it is too late, and the moment has past.
I think I have been learning to receive correction and rebuke from others. I’m thinking of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:30-31,
“So when Philip ran toward the chariot, he heard the man reading from Isaiah the prophet [on his Kindle]. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 He answered, “How can I understand unless someone explains it to me?” Then he invited Philip to climb in and sit with him.”
We see here such a thoughtful humbleness– a ‘teachableness’ that this eunuch possesses. He is confident enough in himself to acknowledge that he just doesn’t know. He is so eager to be set on the right course that he invites Philip to a Bible study in the chariot.
We are responsible for our receptivity to truth. It is our personal decision to either seek or not seek. No one else can make this decision for us. We come to a decision point and we go the way things seem to direct us. And we learn; God and how we learn!
The book of Proverbs is saturated with ideas on being guided by our humility when it comes in contact with truth. Furthermore, there are many warnings about receiving correction and reproof gracefully. If we believe what we are reading, at that point all of a sudden our stubbornness and rejection become a very bad thing. And God loves it when we ask Him to teach us.
It seems that scriptural truth is almost always negative when it is first encountered. It will not sit well, and I will try to shake it off. But truth can be remarkably persistent. ‘Forgive your brother’, the Holy Spirit says. And you say right away, ‘Not a chance!’ But, give it time, and the Word will soften rock. If you respond properly, humbly, you be able to make the right decision.
One more thing, Jesus told us in Matthew 18:3,
“I promise you this. If you don’t change and become like a child, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.”
There will need to be a complete alteration in our hearts if we are to accommodate this command. Becoming a child is more difficult as adults as becoming an adult is for a child. It takes a great amount of brokenness to make the transition.
God fully intends to work with you on this. He doesn’t seem to ever give up. He is wonderfully persistent, and for some reason, He loves you. LOL.
- The Ethiopian Eunuch and the Body of Christ (smoodock45.wordpress.com)
- Be Teachable, Even When Illness Threatens to Make You Feel Ignorant (chronicillnesspaindevotionals.wordpress.com)
- Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch (smoodock45.wordpress.com)
- What the Bible Says About Our Being Teachable (verticalviewer.wordpress.com)
- The Apostle Philip baptized this black man… (thehandmaid.wordpress.com)